Backup to AWS S3 with s3cmd No rating results yet

Particularly since the introduction of Glacier, S3 from Amazon is quite attractive as an offsite backup offering (archive the backups to Glacier automatically after, say, a week with lifecycle management and your storage costs drop dramatically). Of course we still have to keep an eye on our data transfer costs. There are two possible candidates … Read more

My Skills No rating results yet

I have been working with IT in one way or another since learning BASIC and 8086 assembler aged 8. My interest really took off when I experienced SunsOS 4.1.3, TCP-IP and the fledgling Internet in the very early 90s and the University of Brunel where I studied Engineering. Having worked a lot of my career … Read more

Sanitising user input 5/5 (1)

Some days you need to get user input from a bit of an HTML form that wasn’t really designed for it, in order to get a great UX. This means that the input get’s passed around through JS, AJAX, PHP and goodness only knows what before it turns up in the right place. How do … Read more

Varnish 4.0 4/5 (2)

Well I’ve taken the plunge and upgraded to Varnish 4.0 in front of this WP site. It’s early days to draw any firm conclusions, but I shall be monitoring the impact closely.  If anything it seems to have slightly reduced my page load times (yay!) without having to implement any of the “Special” VCL logic that … Read more

Fast website 5/5 (1)

Here’s a little page that shows the kind of all important page load times that the search engines rank so highly.   Very much work in progress especially on the mobile side, but it was certainly time for some dog food…… Rating